February 13, 2015, at 11:56 AM | By Kimberly Scharfenberger |
The Rainbow Prom has been held for the past five years and has reportedly become “one of the most popular on-campus events of the year” with “hundreds of students” in attendance. Last year’s prom was titled “Say ‘I Do’ to Marriage Equality.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that men and women with homosexual tendencies must be treated with “respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” but that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” and “[h]omosexual persons are called to chastity.”
This year’s “Rainbow Prom 2015: Big Queer Party” was described in the article as “a night where people of all genders and sexualities can feel free to enjoy a dance in a safe space and educate others on the LGBTQ experience.”
“All students are welcome to bring whomever they want to share the night with, but you are encouraged to bring a same-gender date in order to establish a prom environment that caters to LGBTQ students in a way that most proms don’t,” an event description stated.
The program coordinator of GASPED told the Santa Clara that the event’s focus was “on queer empowerment, queer history, the queer movement and what it means to be queer on this campus and in the world.”
However, GASPED’s coordinator remarked in the article:
The goal is a big celebration of the LGBTQ community… Whether that’s those individuals celebrating themselves,allies celebrating that they exist or just celebrating our efforts to try and make Santa Clara more visibly accepting, we want to give people the opportunity they may not have gotten in high school.
According to advertisements for scheduled events in 2015, the Office for Multicultural Learning hosted an event on January 29 called “Beyond the Binary: Exploring Transgender and Genderqueer.” On March 4, an event titled “Being LGBTQ and Catholic” is scheduled, though there is no mention of Catholic teaching being integrated.
The Cardinal Newman Society reached out to the Office for Multicultural Learning for comment on the reasons behind hosting the Rainbow Prom, especially given Catholic teaching, but no response was received by time of publication.
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